Composers find inspiration in everything – their nationality, historical events, and of course other genres of music. With his Symphony No. 38, Wolfgang Mozart wrote a love letter to the city of Prague. The music crackles with virtuosity and grace, signaling that Mozart is at the peak of his compositional powers. ASO welcomes percussionist Garrett Arney to the stage to perform Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings, an eclectic piece that will leave you breathless. The concert opens with Jessie Montgomery’s Banner, commissioned in 2014 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner. She weaves together snippets of the anthem with civil rights songs and other cultural melodies. Inspiration is everywhere, especially in the concert hall!